2020/21 London Concert Season
In response to the latest Government guidelines relating to COVID-19, we regret to inform you that we have taken the very difficult decision to cancel our 2020/21 Royal Festival Hall concerts as originally advertised between 23 September and 12 December inclusive.
We will still be presenting a full series of concert performances throughout the autumn and whilst we can’t welcome our audiences back to the Royal Festival Hall and our residency venues just yet, we will be streaming these events for you to experience in high quality audiovisual from your home. More details on this will be published soon.
January 2021 - April 2021
Ring Cycle 1
Das Rheingold, Monday 25 January 2021 at 7pm
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Die Walküre, Wednesday 27 January 2021 at 5pm
Siegfried, Friday 29 January 2021 at 4pm
Götterdämmerung, Sunday 31 January 2021 at 3pm
Ring Cycle 2
Das Rheingold, Friday 5 February 2021 at 7pm
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Die Walküre, Saturday 6 February 2021 at 4pm
Siegfried, Monday 8 February 2021 at 4pm
Götterdämmerung, Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 3pm
Pure Romance | 14 February 2021
On Valentine’s Day, Miloš Karadaglić teams up with Italian maestro Enrique Mazzola in a concert that sets Rodrigo’s ever-popular evocation of Spain alongside the deep, nostalgic passion of Dvořák’s ‘New World’ Symphony.
Romantics and Englishmen | 24 February 2021
Edward Gardner conducts Tippett’s lush Ritual Dances from his opera The Midsummer Marriage, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations, which burn with poetry and imagination. Dazzling pianist Seong-Jin Cho joins for the fantasy and fireworks of Liszt’s outrageous Second Piano Concerto.
Love, hate and undiscovered worlds | 27 February 2021
The UK premiere of Brett Dean’s Cello Concerto, performed by Alban Gerhardt, is the centrepiece of a whole evening of musical exploration. Opening with Eric Tanguy’s Affettuoso, a loving tribute to a friend by a great French master, and ending with another UK premiere, Sofia Gubaidulina’s emotionally-charged On Love and Hatred.
Gene Kelly: A Life in Music | 10 March 2021
Combining the music of a live symphony orchestra with a screening of clips from some of Kelly’s most iconic films, this show offers a fascinating and intimate insight into one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars.
Resurrection Symphony | 13 March 2021
Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony is an emotional odyssey on a universal scale that begins in tragedy and ends in the rebirth of a universe. In between comes tenderness, rage, pitch-black humour and – yes – the end of the world itself.
Bohemian rhapsodies | 19 March 2021
Mark Elder is a conductor whose theatrical flair makes everything he touches catch fire. Janáček’s overture Jealousy lights the touchpaper, before Steven Isserlis plays the greatest of all cello concertos, and after the interval, hear Janáček’s sensational orchestral melodrama Taras Bulba.
Emelyanychev conducts Brahms | 24 March 2021
Together, Maxim Emelyanychev and pianist Denis Kozhukhin will make Beethoven’s majestic ‘Emperor’ Concerto the perfect counterpart for Brahms’s Symphony No. 1. The overture to Mozart’s darkest opera, Don Giovanni, sets the stage for an evening of high drama and raw passion.
Danny Elfman’s Percussion Concerto | 26 March 2021
Colin Currie gives the world premiere of the legendary contemporary film composer Danny Elfman’s Percussion Concerto. Electrifying rhythmic workouts from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story and Ravel’s Boléro will set the mood for some serious thrills.
Postcards from Paris | 31 March 2021
Dukas’s sumptuous Polyeucte Overture, followed by the phenomenal Jussen brothers in Poulenc’s unashamedly entertaining Double Piano Concerto and Franck’s extraordinary, gothic Symphony in D minor completes this Gallic-flavoured line up.
Canellakis conducts Shostakovich | 14 April 2021
Karina Canellakis scales the peaks of Shostakovich’s stirring Fifth Symphony, and partners the LPO with masterly German violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann in Schumann’s dark horse of a Violin Concerto.
Hough plays Brahms | 16 April 2021
For Stephen Hough, Brahms’s First Piano Concerto is ‘a burst of pure, utter, natural genius’. Hough plays it like no-one on earth, and this might be one of the few performances you’ll hear that has the potential to overshadow Beethoven’s revolutionary ‘Eroica’ Symphony.
Russian epics | 21 April 2021
Forged in the fires of war, Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony still takes the breath away. It’s certainly a very different Russia from the soaring melodies and exuberant dances of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, tonight performed by Gil Shaham.
Exiles and elegies | 24 April 2021
In his penultimate concert with the LPO, Vladimir Jurowski champions Rachmaninoff’s bittersweet, neglected Third Symphony. First though comes Richard Strauss; the LPO’s strings play the devastating wordless war requiem Metamorphosen, and Miah Persson sings the Four Last Songs: sorrow transmuted into pure, radiant beauty.
Jurowski conducts Swan Lake | 28 April 2021
Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake is a profoundly human drama of love, struggle, destiny and redemption. There could be no more fitting last word from our Principal Conductor than this full-length concert performance.